Remember a couple of years ago during the presidential primary, there was a lot of outrage about Hilary Clinton. It seems that both Clintons had “a plan” to win the presidency! It was even written down! In fact, it had been written down before he was even the governor of Arkansas!

First he was going to be president for two terms and then she would join the senate and be president for two terms. The only thing that stopped them was that upstart Obama who decided he wanted to be president in kindergarten.

Do you remember?

Can you believe the nerve of these people? I mean, how dare they make a plan, write it down and follow it. Who do they think they are?

Yes, I am being sarcastic. I never understood the anger about the Clintons or President Obama. What’s wrong with having a plan? It’s how you get what you want. Yes, you should write it down and follow it.

Of course, you’re going to have to adjust it along the way according to what’s happening in your life. Look at Secretary Clinton. She didn’t get to be President (yet… you never know), but she did get to be Secretary of State. That’s a pretty good job. No one would ever call her a failure.

If you’re wondering what made me think of this, it was a conversation I had the other day. Someone told me they never planned anything because they always had to change it. What was the point? It made me sad to know that this person had given up.

I hope I changed her mind after our talk. I want to share what I said in the hope that it may help you. If you want more specific help with planning, give me a call or e-mail me. There’s a lot more where this came from.

What I’ve learned is that people who don’t plan are more unhappy and frustrated than those who do. They feel out of control. Powerless. Maybe they’ve tried in the past to plan something out, but things didn’t work out the way they wanted.

Because of that, they decide that there must be something wrong with them. They can’t do it. Success was meant for other people. If you have ever felt this way… STOP!!! You’re not alone and you’re being unfair to yourself.

Planning is good. The plan is what gives you the power to get what you want. It is the only way to become successful in life. They don’t always work out the way you want, but that’s part of the process.

Remember that old TV show “The A-Team”. After all sorts of screw ups and problems, the good guys won and the main character said, “I love it when a plan comes together.” Of course, the plan had changed about a dozen times during the show, but eventually it came together.

What if they quit with the first problem? Is that what you’ve been doing? Success is about moving forward no matter what. Did you know that the average number of bankruptcies for millionaires is 3 times? They just pick themselves up and make a new plan.

That’s what successful people do. They plan. Then, they evaluate the plan to make sure it’s on the right track. If not, they adjust it until they get it right. They constantly ask, “What is the best way to get this done?”

They key is to be strategic with the plan. Take the time to look at all of the options and find the one that works. Expect to change as you go along.

It’s about building a strategy that works. Eventually, you will find it. Even if you don’t get exactly what you planned, you will get a lot further than if you don’t plan at all.

Never, never, ever give up!

Author's Bio: 

Mary Dee Freeman is a business coach and trainer with WOW - Why Ours Works. For more information, go to www.whyoursworks.com.